Participatory Democracy

“Bookchin’s communalism is a major inspiration in the autonomous region in north-eastern Syria widely known as Rojava. In 2014, after local people defeated Islamic State terrorists and the Syrian government withdrew its troops to fight its civil war elsewhere, the Rojavans took the chance to build their own politics. Under extraordinarily difficult circumstances, they have created a place in which people have more freedom and control than anywhere in the surrounding regions. It is by no means a perfect republic, but its people have made Bookchin’s ideas work to an extent many believed was impossible.”

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